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Cold Food Ideas

Fresh tortilla wraps are a cold food classic in Mexico.

What do you do when you’re sick of plain sandwiches or green salads during the summer months? What else can you make? Consider some of the following cold food ideas when you need to prepare a nutritious and delicious meal for your family.

Nutritious and Delicious Cold Food Ideas

Tortillas

You can get many ideas from south of the border. Flour tortillas can be utilized for many different types of cuisines. Spread a delicious cream cheese dip over the tortilla, add freshly picked vegetables, a few slices of cheese, and you have a fantastic cold roll-up that the entire family will love.

Fruit Salads

Wholesome fruit salads are another healthy dish to consider. Travel to the local fruit stand or farmer’s market to obtain fruits that are in season. These will be deliciously juicy and packed with flavor. Slice up the fruit, mix it in a large bowl and refrigerate until it’s time to eat!

Three-Bean Salad

Three-bean salad is a hearty salad that you might want to consider. If you’ve never made a three-bean salad before, you’ll be shocked at just how easy it is to prepare: Drain and rinse a 15 oz can of green beans, a 15 oz can of kidney beans, and one pound of wax beans. Mix these together with one diced onion, 3/4 cup of white sugar, 2/3 cup of distilled white vinegar, 1/3 cup of vegetable oil, 1/2 tsp of salt, 1/2 tsp of black pepper and 1/2 tsp of celery seeds. Once the salad is completely combined, allow it to marinate in the refrigerator for 8 to 12 hours. All finished!

 

Fresh bean salad.
Fresh bean salad.

Pasta Salads

If your family loves macaroni and cheese during the cooler months, they’ll likely also love cold pasta salads throughout the spring and summer months. There are many recipes to pick from when preparing pasta salad or you may even want to invent your own using a unique mix of your favorite pastas, vegetables, cheeses, and dressing mixes.

Potato Salad

Potato salad is another excellent appetizer choice when the temperatures climb. For an extra creamy element to your potato salad, add eight oz of sour cream to your recipe. You can’t imagine how delicious your potato salad will become with that one extra ingredient!

Creamy potato salad.
Creamy potato salad.

BLTs

If you buy some pre-cooked bacon (or turkey bacon), you can make BLTs. The crispiness of the bacon against the softness of the bread is a delicious contrast. Add lettuce, onions and garden fresh tomatoes to bring on a taste sensation you are sure to enjoy.

Soups

If you haven’t tried any unique cold summer soups, now is the perfect time! Gazpacho is an excellent summer soup that is served cold. It is made with onion, green pepper, cucumber, garlic, wine vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, tomato juice and oregano leaves. Blend all of the ingredients except for the tomato juice until it is silky and smooth. Pour the mixture into a large serving bowl and then add the tomato juice. Cover it for at least six hours before serving.

Gazpacho, a delicious cold soup.
Gazpacho, a delicious cold soup.

These are but a few cold food ideas you may want to try this summer. Preparing a healthful meal doesn’t mean spending hours slaving over a hot stove. Use one of these ideas or take time to search this site for more cold food ideas. Your family will appreciate the delicious meal and remain cool when the temperatures start to rise.